29 Then Jacob continued on his journey. He came to the land where the eastern tribes lived.
2There he saw a well in the field. Three flocks of sheep were lying near it. The flocks were given water from the well. The stone over the opening of the well was large. 3All of the flocks would gather there. The shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s opening. They would give water to the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the opening of the well.
“We’re from Haran,” they replied.
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.
“He’s fine,” they said. “Here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep now.”
When Jacob saw Rachel with Laban’s sheep, he went over to the well. He rolled the stone away from the opening. He gave water to his uncle’s sheep.
13As soon as Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he hurried to meet him. Laban hugged Jacob and kissed him. Then he brought him to his home. There Jacob told him everything. 14Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”
Jacob Gets Married to Leah and Rachel
22So Laban brought all of the people of the place together and had a big dinner prepared. 23But when evening came, he gave his daughter Leah to Jacob. And Jacob made love to her. 24Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter as her servant.
26Laban replied, “It isn’t our practice here to give the younger daughter to be married before the older one. 27Complete this daughter’s wedding week. Then we’ll give you the younger one also. But you will have to work for another seven years.”
28So Jacob did it. He completed the week with Leah. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her servant. 30Jacob made love to Rachel also. He loved Rachel more than he loved Leah. And he worked for Laban for another seven years.
31The Lord saw that Jacob didn’t love Leah as much as he loved Rachel. So he let Leah have children. But Rachel wasn’t able to have children. 32Leah became pregnant. She had a son. She named him Reuben. She said, “The Lord has seen me suffer. Certainly my husband will love me now.”
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